LOS ANGELES, July 29, 2010 â€“ The newest development from Crystal Cruises is now available to ease travel planning. Crystalâ€™s Priority Check-in & Planning Center launched today, allowing guests or their travel agents to complete tasks prior to sailing, from submitting guest immigration information and airport/ship transfer requests to booking spa treatments and shore excursions. A new day-by-day Cruise Calendar feature conveniently organizes guestsâ€™ travel plans once reservations and requests are submitted.
â€œThe Priority Check-in & Planning Center is an invaluable tool in streamlining the luxury travel experience,â€ says Thomas Mazloum, senior vice president, operations. â€œGuests have the luxury of pre-planning their vacations from home, making the first day of their cruise even more enjoyable.â€
The new service comprises three user-friendly parts:
Priority Check-in Checklist â€“ Once guests make an initial deposit, they have access to check-in center, available at checkin.crystalcruises.com/. Here, they or their travel agents may submit required information:
* Immigration forms
* Credit card information for onboard charges
* Onboard preferences, such as bed configurations
* Air itineraries for transfer arrangements
Planning Center â€“ Once guests have completed the check-in process and paid in full, they have access to the Planning Center, which allows them to plan their Crystal vacation far ahead of time, at their convenience, by confirming reservations for:
* Crystal Spa & Salon appointments,
* Crystal Dining Room reservations (through Open Dining by ReservationÂ®, beginning in 2011),
* Specialty restaurants, and
* Crystal Adventures ashore
Guests can also request reservations (to be confirmed on board) for:
* NEW Tuxedo rental service,
* The Vintage Room winemakersâ€™ dinners, and
* Creative Learning Institute and Computer University@Sea classes
Cruise Calendar â€“ Once made, all reservations for spa and salon appointments, specialty restaurants, Crystal Adventures and tuxedo rentals are displayed on guestsâ€™ personal Cruise Calendars in a convenient day-by-day layout. The Cruise Calendar also advises dress codes, docking times and port locations for each day of the voyage, and will alert guests to any conflicts between their planned flight itineraries and embarkation/disembarkation schedules. Travelers simply print their completed itineraries and present them at embarkation for priority boarding.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.